4937
Wyoming

Choose Your Pace: Hiking in Grand Teton and Yellowstone

Hike past hot springs and geysers at your pace, learn about thermal features and wildlife and ride a tram up Rendezvous Mountain for a new perspective on Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons.
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Program No. 4937RJ
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7 days
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Jackson, WY
D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Afternoon: After you arrive at the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools, come to the Welcome Center to register with the program staff and receive your welcome packet containing your name-tag, room assignment, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: At the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools (TSS) Dining Lodge, enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a variety of healthy and balanced options created by our executive chef, plus coffee, tea, lemonade, water.

Evening: Orientation: The Site Coordinator will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. All transportation is via Teton Science School mini-vans or mini-buses. All activities will be led by a combination of Teton Science School staff, local experts, and experienced docents. All hikes will be on official trails in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks or the surrounding national forest land over uneven terrain with an elevation change of 500 to 1500 feet. Each day we will self-divide into three groups based on personal interest for a choice of three hikes from the same trailhead. In bear country, our minimum group size for hiking is four people (including the group leader), so we will alter the hike options as needed to ensure we meet the minimum numbers for each hike option. The easiest hike offered each day is typically between 3 and 4 miles. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding

DAY
2
Visitor Center, Teton Hike, Bears & Wolves Lecture
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Activity today will be a 3-6 mile hike with elevation gains of 400-800 feet.

Breakfast: At the Teton Science Schools Dining Lodge, enjoy a breakfast buffet offering rotating choices such an egg dish, breakfast meat, cereals (hot/cold), fresh fruit and beverages (juice, coffee, tea, water).

Morning: After a quick visit to the Teton Science Schools outfitting building to make sure everyone is prepared for the week ahead, we will drive to Grand Teton National Park for our first hike. Today's 3-6 mile hike will bring the group through a series of habitats at the base of the Teton mountain range. The group will have three hike options from the same trailhead. Learn about the natural forces that shape this iconic mountain range and valley, as well as the human forces that have struggled to preserve it.

Lunch: Enjoy a packed field lunch in a scenic location. Participants will get to make their own lunch in the morning with sandwich and salad options.

Afternoon: Upon completion of our hike, we will head to the Craig Thomas Discovery Center in Grand Teton National Park to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park, as well as to orient ourselves around the large relief map.

Dinner: At Teton Science Schools.

Evening: This evening will focus on the wolves and bears that resides in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Topics highlighted will be the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone, delisting of both species, behavior and biology of both species, bear interactions with humans and gray wolf interactions between packs. Also discussed will be the controversies surrounding both species and how current decisions will affect the animals' futures.

DAY
3
Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Waterfall Hike
Mammoth Hot Springs
B,L,D
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Activity note: Activity today will including walking around the geyser basin at Old Faithful on boardwalks and paved trails. Afternoon will include a 2-4 mile hike with an elevation gain of 500 to 1000 feet. Total Drive time is approximately 4 hours.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: Following an early morning departure, we’ll begin our three-day exploration of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park. As we head into the giant caldera, we will stop to see hot springs, geysers, and fumaroles at points of interest as we head to the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, home to Old Faithful as well as more than one-quarter of all of the geysers in the world!

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: Hike to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the region, enjoying a variety of thermal features along the way. Choose from three hike options. Following the hike, we will continue our drive north to Mammoth Hot Springs.

Dinner: At the Mammoth Dining Room, order an entree and non-alcoholic beverage from the menu. Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Terrace Mountain Hike, Mammoth Terraces
Canyon Village
B,L,D
Canyon Lodge - Superior Lodge Room

Activity note: Activity today will including walking around various sites of interest on boardwalks before traveling to the site of today's hike. We will hike along the Hoodoos/Terrace Mountain route, 2-4 miles, 1200 feet elevation gain or loss, depending on which hike you choose. Total drive time is approximately 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: At the Mammoth Dining Room, choose a juice, breakfast entree, and coffee, tea, cocoa, or milk.

Morning: Start your day in beautiful Yellowstone National Park! Today, we'll start at Mammoth Hot Springs, where our hike will take us through the unusual landscape and hoodoo formations surrounding Terrace Mountain.

Lunch: Boxed lunch eaten in the field. Choose from several sandwich options.

Afternoon: After completion of our hike, we'll take time to explore the Mammoth Terraces, as well as the shops at Mammoth, before heading south to Canyon Village, stopping at points of interest along the way.

Dinner: At the Canyon Eatery, customize your meal with fresh, sustainable a la carte options. Choose an entree, soup or salad, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages are available at an additional cost.

Evening: Head out after dinner for a scenic drive through the Hayden Valley and the chance to observe the wildlife that are more active at dawn and dusk. We may see bison, bears, elk and all kinds of birds.

DAY
5
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Visitor Center
Jackson, WY
B,L,D
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Today's hike will be 2 to 5 miles along the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone rim and surrounding area, with 500 feet elevation gain. Total drive time. Approximately 4 hours will be spent in the vehicle.

Breakfast: At Canyon Eatery, choose a juice, breakfast entree, and coffee, tea, cocoa, or milk from an a la carte menu. Additional beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Imagine being an explorer on the Hayden Expedition of 1871, when Thomas Moran's paintings of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River captured the unique beauty of the area and helped influence the creation of the world's first national park. Hike 2-5 miles through the landscape that captivated the country, including the canyon rim as well as the surrounding area. All hikes will include views of the canyon from Artist's Point.

Lunch: Boxed lunch eaten in the field. Choose from several sandwich options.

Afternoon: We'll stop at the Canyon Visitor Center and take an in-depth look at the geology and geologic forces that are active in Yellowstone. On our drive back to Jackson, we'll pass through the magnificent Hayden Valley with our eyes tuned to the large mammals that call this valley home.

Dinner: At a local restaurant on the way back to Jackson, enjoy a plated dinner with your choice of entree and celebratory beverage. Other beverages available for purchase.

DAY
6
Rendezvous Mountain Aerial Tram, Alpine Hike, Teton Village
Jackson, WY
B,L
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools

Activity note: Hike will start at 10,400 feet, and will include elevation changes of 500-1,500 feet over the course of a 2-6 mile hike.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: On a clear day, the summit of Rendezvous Mountain provides participants with a fantastic view of the valley of Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Aerial Tram climbs 4,139 feet about the valley floor to the final elevation of 10,450 feet. Glacial processes, historical meanderings of the mighty Snake River and human settlement patterns are all seen from a bird’s eye view. At the top, we'll break into three groups to explore the alpine environment and the unique plants and animals found there.

Lunch: Packed field lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll continue hiking one of the trails at the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, and return to the valley floor via the Aerial Tram or Bridger Gondola. Back on the valley floor, enjoy some free time to explore the charming mountain village.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like from the selection of restaurants in downtown Jackson and Teton Village. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give you directions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Closing, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Departure
Jackson, WY
B,L

Activity note: Walk approximately 1/2 mile around a museum. Participants may get taxi service directly from the museum to the airport, or they may get a ride back to town with their group leader in the Teton Science Schools mini-buses.

Breakfast: At Teton Science Schools.

Morning: After breakfast, we will draw a close to the program and reflect on the fun times we had through the week. To complete our program, we’ll head to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to explore the museum with an experienced docent. Resting upon a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art serves to enrich and inspire the relationship between humans and nature. The museum contains approximately 5,000 works of art, with exhibitions and programs that focus on wildlife of the world. Constructed to fit seamlessly into the landscape, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Lunch: At the Palate restaurant at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, we will enjoy plated meals chosen from a seasonal menu selected by the executive chef. This concludes our program.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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